Veels Geluk met jou verjaarsdaq!

What the f*ck, right? It’s a greeting in Ghana said to a birthday celebrant. Say it to the celebrant at the next birthday party you attend, you’ll be just oh-so-worldly!

More people have their birthdays in August than any other month (Holllaaaa to my peridot peeps!) A total of 6% of the population has their birth date in the month of August.  Over 18 million people share my actual birth day. And we are told that we’re supposed to be “unique?!”

Have you ever looked up celebrities or famous individuals in history that share your same birth date? There’s an interesting site called Celebrity Cafe if you ever care to check it out. I found four individuals of interest.
1. Anna of Bradenburg, Queen of Denmark (1487)
2. Tom Ford, Fashion Designer
3. Anne Marie of Orleans, Queen of Italy (1669)
4. Lyndon B. Johnson, 6th US President.

I know. Two queens, both with my name within theirs?! Coincidence? I think not. No wonder why Eric treats me like such 😉

My birthday is exactly one month away. I will be turning 22 years old. Not as momentous as the raging 21! …Does this mean I should drink even more since I’ll have aged more? “Bartender, pour me another, I’m 22 after all, goddammit!” This upcoming birthday feels like my 20th birthday…not that significant. A 21st birthday is full of fun, surprises, and legality. It’s all about the alcohol, babay! This birthday?? All I want is some peace of mind and homework to not be assigned for the first week of class. Not too much to ask! Not only does my birthday fall within the first week of class, but a Monday none the less! I can already foresee Tuesday being blurry…

31,536,000. The number of seconds that pass between ones birthday to the next. In the past year, my hair will have grown ~12 cm, my heart will have beaten a powerful and healthy 42,075,900 times, I will have taken approximately 41,075,900  life sustaining breaths, and will have had 1,460 drastically various dreams…approximately.

But what’s in a year?
A person can accomplish so much with a year. I certainly have. I’ve graduated from the University of Florida after 3 1/2 years of dedicated work, gotten into an MSW program within a prestigious graduate school, have kept myself healthy through all of my medical issues, have progressed my relationship with the man I love, have added yet another entirely loved and cherished new fluffy addition to our family, and have acclimated to an untrodden and improved way of living in Columbia, SC. I’ve grown to know more about myself than ever before. I don’t think many people realize how much one accomplishes in a year. So, I ask you, how much have you accomplished? When you think about it, you’ll find that you’ve accomplished more than you may have thought, quite a self-esteem booster!

In China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, noodles are eaten in honor of a person’s birthday. “But you’re gluten-free, you can’t eat no noodles!” Oh but can I? For this upcoming birthday, I want some quality brown rice noodles for dinner, just to test the theory out. They say that the longer the noodle, the longer the life. I assume every male wishes for a long noodle ay?.. 😉

Everyone wants to live a long, healthy life. But so many of us have the fear of getting older. Wrinkles, sagging skin, and hair loss, oh my! I feel like one should relish in their age. Yes, I will be turning 22, and proud of it! Do I wish I was 16 again? No. do I wish I was 40? Obvious answer, but no. I’m exactly where I am supposed to be, and that’s how I always want to feel.

Have you ever seen those ‘elderly’ ladies in Victoria Secret wearing the PINK! sweatsuits? Every time I witness this, I only think to myself that when I’m their age, at 50 to 70 years old, I want to embrace my age, not make it even more known by trying to act an age that I’m not. Granted that I will hopefully be well happily married at that age, I understand the necessity for Victoria Secret, at any age. But wearing what is the new fad for 16 year old’s at the time? No, thank you. I think the term I’m thinking of here is elegance and age appropriate. When I get to that point in my life, I’m going to go out with class, pearls and all. I personally think I’d look exquisite in a red hat and purple dress,purple has always been my color, but that’s just my opinion.

In England, when you reach the age of 80, 90, or 100 years old, you receive a telegram from the Queen herself! ..or her secretary who prints out all those letters…But just think! They are making the point that aging gracefully is something to be proud of! I’m grateful for each and every day I am alive. But I  do have to say that f you reach the age of 100 you should  be able to parade around in pride, if not at the least be able to access your social security.

Did you know that the Birthday Cake tradition goes all the way back to Medieval Times…and not just the amusement park!  Bakers would put coins, rings, and thimbles right into the cake, choking hazard I say! I could see myself partaking in my last birthday celebration while choking on a thimble. People were well aware of this tradition however, and looked forward to it. With each slice, a person gained a prophecy of some sort. If you received a slice with a ring hidden within, it was told that wedding bells would be ringing for you sometime soon. If a thimble was found in the slice, it meant that you would be unmarried for the rest of your life. And if you found coins in your slice, it symbolized you being wealthy within your life. I’ll have to tell the baker to put in some coins… many, many coins…

Maybe the reason for discontinuing the medieval tradition, if not for choking on your own birthday cake on a thimble no less, was to give way to an array of birthday wishes. Why limit the outcome of a wish to three determined intentions? It only seems right to let the birthday celebrant decide his or her fate and the one wish we chose to make each year.

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ross Ramsey
    Jul 29, 2012 @ 14:17:40

    Awesome post!! I love facts like all of the ones youve just mentioned. Happy Early Birthday! 22 is a great one to celebrate because its Two-Two. You wont get matching digits again until youre 33. So enjoy!


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